Click here to read David Rieff’s review of The Patagonian Hare, “A Vast Choir of Voices: On Claude Lanzmann,” from the July 2-9, 2012 edition of The Nation.
In an earlier post, Arnie Richards and I reviewed Claude Lanzmann’s memoir, this writer who also produced the nine-hour Shoah, a landmark film for the twentieth century. Click here to read said post, “This Justifies a Life: Lanzmann’s Memoir and Yom HaShoah by Nathan Szajnberg.”
David Rieff reviews this book in the Nation. His review reads like the recipe for how one need prepare venison: first you have to eviscerate it, then you can enjoy the steak. He begins by gutting Lanzmann: “Even the most passionate of lifelong romances tend to cool with time. But… Lanzmann’s … self-involvement seems only to have risen with the passing decades.” Rieff identifies a style of French writing (not found among French scientists; moreso amongst essayists and such) as a “confederacy of braggarts.” Not to be found in the gaggle of penman traits such as irony, self-effacement or stoicism. Witness Sartre. Or Beauvoir, his (Sartre’s and Lanzmann’s) lover.